Israel and Palestine dominate the attention of the International Engagement Committee

Ruling Elder Commisioner Kaye Yearta during the International Engagement Committee meeting on June 27, 2022 at the 225th General Assembly of the Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.) at the Presbyterian Center in Louisville, Kentucky. (credit: Randy Hobson)
Resolutions passed by the International Committee of the Presbyterian General Assembly 2022 bring a call to end Israeli apartheid.

By Scott O’Neill | Presbyterian Church USA | June 28, 2022

“Recognize that the government of Israel’s laws, policies, and practices regarding the Palestinian people fulfill the international legal definition of apartheid.”
— Resolution passed unanimously by the General Assembly

When the Committee on International Engagement kicked off its second day of business on Tuesday, the initial focus was two overtures related to the Korean Peninsula and Presbyterian efforts to engage with partners, both faith-based and secular, toward creating a peace treaty.

INT-12Regarding a Korean Peace Treaty was answered with action on INT-15On Advocating for a Peace Agreement in the Korean Peninsula, which passed unanimously as written. Sponsored by Cayuga-Syracuse Presbytery, INT-15 calls for an endorsement of the Korea Peace Appeal and for individual Presbyterians, presbyteries and synods to add their signature to the campaign. A financial commitment of $7,350 is attached to the overture for the Presbyterian Mission Agency to update existing resources and create new ones, including a video, that articulate the realities of the 70-year-old Korean conflict.

The committee moved on to INT-16Resolution on SanctionsFrom the Advisory Committee on Social Witness Policy, which directs relevant PC(USA) agencies to review all current policies endorsing the use of sanctions and determine that the sanctions do not cause undue harm to civilian populations. It also requests that the assembly support legislation that provides more oversight and analysis about the effects of sanctions on populations.

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